You're Our Reading Heroes

Thanks to you, more than 40,000 issues of Highlights magazines were donated to Kids Need to Read

Giving Tuesday falls on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and encourages support for charitable organizations through contributions. For every magazine subscription purchased that day, Highlights donated 12 issues to Kids Need to Read, with spectacular results for children’s literacy.

Kids Need to Read

Thank You for the Gift of Literacy

From Denise Gary, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Kids Need to Read

Can you imagine what a struggle it must be for a child to learn how to read when he or she has no reading resources at home, lacks access to a public library, and attends a school that cannot afford to purchase books? This is an overwhelming reality for more than 30 million children in the United States today.

However, recent studies have indicated the gap in academic performance between high- and low-income children has begun to narrow. The consensus is that this is primarily a result of reading resources being made available to children in areas where few had been before, and more parents becoming aware that reading with their children is crucial. As a nonprofit children’s literacy foundation, Kids Need to Read maintains these truths at the heart of every program and event that it provides.

Recently, we provided Highlights magazines to second-grade students at a school in a very low socioeconomic neighborhood. As the kids settled on the floor to read them, there was suddenly “electricity” in the room. The students were reading aloud, working on activities, and excitedly pointing out various amazing wonders to each other. Their high level of enthusiasm and engagement was an inspiring sight! Not only are the magazines irresistible to children, but they also seem to have a magical effect on caregivers, inspiring them to read with their little ones.

We thank Highlights for Children, as well as everyone who contributed through subscription purchases during the annual #GivingTuesday campaign. These wonderful magazines have a deep impact on the disadvantaged children who receive them, and we could not be more grateful to be provided with such an excellent tool to inspire childhood literacy.

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